Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Brendon Hyndman

Dr Brendon Hyndman

BEd(PhysEd) Upper Class Honours (UB), GradCertEd(TerEd)(UB), PhD (HPE)(RMIT)

Dr Brendon Hyndman is a Course Director and Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University. He has previously worked in the School of Education at both Southern Cross University and Charles Darwin University with roles that have included the Manager of the Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (Pre-service), Chair of School Board (Education) and Lecturing roles in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) across several units in primary and secondary school teacher education. Dr Hyndman has widespread experience both advancing (as a researcher) and applying educational knowledge (as a qualified & registered school teacher) across a diverse range of primary, secondary and tertiary settings. He has been involved in teacher education since 2009. Since 2012, he has generated an extensive list of high quality/impact publications. He is the editor and primary author of the book 'Contemporary school playground strategies for healthy students' and his PhD included the internationally recognised Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) school intervention.

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Dr Hyndman's teaching areas of expertise include primary and secondary school Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and has experience in supervising HDR students.

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Dr Hyndman's research has been focused on schools as a crucial setting to develop students' physical activity participation, health and overall wellbeing. As childhood is a time for students to understand the world through a variety of activities and play, his research has been guiding teacher awareness of the range of influences and strategies to develop students' engagement in physical activities via both informal, pedagogical, curricular and technological approaches. The originality, innovation and impact of Dr Brendon Hyndman's research is showcased by the interest and recognition in his studies both nationally and internationally. Check out his simulation pedagogy innovation for online pre-service teachers (http://bit.ly/2eiWeSa) which received national recognition.

Dr Hyndman is currently working on projects related to weather extremes, social media and technology in the area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).

Research Grants

  • Hyndman B. Influences of heat across Northern NSW schools. SCU SoE Small Grant. $5000 (Successful)
  • Geng, G., Midford, R., Hyndman, B., Buckworth, J., Kersten, T., & Disney, L. (2014). OLT grant.  $5000. Tapping into the teaching experiences of fourth year pre-service teachers to increase support & reduce stress for students in their first year. Charles Darwin University (successful)
  • Mathur D, Hyndman B. LEBA Small Grant. $5000. Preventing obesity by design intervention: Outdoor play areas and physical activity levels in preschool children. Charles Darwin University (successful)
  • Hyndman, B., Te Ava, A., Doecke, P., & Pang, B. Developing Areas of Research Strengths (DARS) Grant.  $24,038. 'The Cooling in Darwin Schools Physical Activity' (CIDS-PA) Study (successful)
  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation NT Branch International Conference Grant (successful)
  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation (ACHPER) Northern Territory Branch Travel Grant to attend Victorian conference (successful)
  • Kidsafe Australia Travel Grant (successful)
  • $100,000 Doctoral Scholarship Funding (successful; RMIT University & Federation University Australia; 2009-2013)
  • $5500 International Conference Grant, Charles Darwin University (successful)
  • $2000 Travel Grant, Federation University Australia (successful)
  • $2000 Domestic Conference Grant, Charles Darwin University (successful)
  • $5000 HDR Funding Grant, Federation University Australia (successful)

Conference Awards

Best Presentation (Postgraduate category)
Hyndman, B., Telford, A., & Mooney, A. (2008). A comparison of teaching perspectives between undergraduate & graduate physical educators. Federation University Annual Research Conference 2008, Crossing Boundaries: connectivity, collaboration & confluence. Ballarat, Australia. November 5, 2008.

Best Research Presentation (Academic Poster category)
Hyndman, B. (2017). Creative Possibilities: The Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) intervention. 30th ACHPER International Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia. January 17, 2017.

  • Conference Promotion Award: 30th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) conference
  • Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor's Award for Exceptional Performance in Teaching and Learning (Group Citation) Nominee (2016)
  • Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor's Award for Exceptional Performance in Research (Emerging Researcher) Nominee (2015)
  • Federation University Alumni Award Nominee for academic excellence and research achievement (2016)
  • Northern Territory Tall Poppy Science Award Nominee for academic excellence and research achievement (2016)
  • Awarded by Golden Key International Honour Society for higher education academic results in the top 15% of the University (2012)
  • Awarded HECS exemption scholarship for Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Education) (2011-2012)
  • RMIT Doctoral Scholarship (2011-2013)
  • Federation University Australia Doctoral Scholarship (2009-2010)
  • Confirmed Federation University Australia PhD Candidate-without revisions (2009)
  • Honours recommendation letter for top higher education results (2006)

Journal/Book Reviewer Panel Member

  • Routledge Book Publishing
  • PLoS One
  • Journal of Physical Activity & Health (Regular reviewer)
  • Health Promotion Journal of Australia (Regular reviewer)
  • Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport
  • BMC Public Health
  • European Physical Education Review
  • American Journal of Play
  • BMC Pediatrics

Recent Media Coverage from Research

Media Coverage (Do Australian schools need to invigorate school playgrounds?)

Media Coverage (Proposed Heat Policy in Australian Schools)

Media Coverage (Selected media: Does Bad Weather Affect Student Performance in School?)

Media Coverage (Selected LEAP Intervention media)

Media Coverage (Selected playground safety media)

Media Coverage (Influence of heat in schools)

Media Coverage (Simulation teaching pedagogy in Health and Physical Education Teacher Education)

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  • Australian Council for Health Physical Education & Recreation (ACHPER)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • International Physical Activity & Environment Network
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Editorial Board: ACHPER Active and Healthy Journal (Australia's major practitioner journal for HPE teachers)

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